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Poster: FP Date: Aug 2, 2008 4:01pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: The New Films / Youtube

Load the video into any of several video editing programs, chop them into ten-minute segments, save the ten minute chunks, and upload as parts 1, 2, 3, etc.

Tips for best-looking YouTube video: Encode at 640 X 480, or 320 X 240, 30fps, mono audio. YouTube converts everything to mono, anyway. Uploading a DV-aspect-ratio file (such as 720 X 480, or 352 X 240) causes black bars at the top and bottom of the YouTube screen. Good formats to use are MOV, AVI, and MPEG2. DIVX/XVID AVIs sometimes drift out of sync when converted by YouTube. I upload 640 X 460 MPEG2s, for fairly good results. Keep in mind YouTube makes two versions of each upload - a low-quality and slightly higher-quality one. You can toggle your account to show only the high-quality videos. Otherwise, the version of the video you see is decided by crazy secret random magic.

If the subject matter is fairly static, such as a talking head news show, you can gain some apparent resolution by encoding at 15fps. What you lose in temporal resolution you gain in apparent picture resolution, because YouTube's FLV encoder does not have to work as hard.

Counter-intuitively, applying a very slight blur to the file before uploading can actually make it look better on Youtube. Removing high-frequency edge information reduces some YouTube compression artifacts.

This post was modified by FP on 2008-08-02 23:01:01